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"Let go or be dragged." - Zen Proverb
Between an epic snowstorm, Mercury retrograde, and early departures, 2016 started out with quite a bit of turbulence. With the Chinese New Year upon us, we can now take a moment to look at the year ahead. If you haven’t had a chance to do some visioning for 2016, it’s not too late. Here are some things to expect.
The Chinese New Year on February 8th is the Year of the Fire Monkey. The Sheep of 2015 has been sheared and it’s time to grab a banana and go, go, go! You’ll need the extra potassium for stamina. The best way to navigate this year is to stay flexible, agile, and expect the unexpected. Best not to look down. Leap from moment to moment using your intuition while maintaining a playful sense of humor.
The bigger story for 2016 is it being a numerological 9-year. In numerology, the number nine holds the vibration of completion. Like volunteering at a homeless shelter (9 represents humanitarianism too), completion is no easy task and yet incredibly rewarding.
Completion inherently involves releasing.
Anything and everything that is no longer serving your highest and best interest (aka, your soul) has to go. It is time to end any thoughts, habits, beliefs, people, places, or things that are no longer worthy of moving forward with you into the new.
The wheel of life is asking from us a tall order. No longer can go ignored the clutter in our lives – on the level of mind, body, or home. Clearing, purging, detoxing, purifying, and releasing are paramount this year. No one gets off the hook this year. Get your Goodwill gears in order now.
For me, the Universe threw me back to my hometown to literally clean out my closet and any relationship issues still lingering from past oversights. Guilty as charged! Speaking of, anything remotely related to guilt, shame, resentments, or regrets must go. They are like leg weights that will keep you rooted in old suffering.
Purification may have already occurred for some of you during January (while Mercury was in retrograde) or it could rear its head gradually throughout the year. For those who have already cleared the skeletons from their closets, major breakthroughs are afoot.
If 2016 is sounding like a chore, let me assure you that the gifts that come from lightening your load are well worth it and will lead you to your dreams in miraculous ways. With each layer of density released you will be the Fire Monkey jumping tree to tree with joy and ease.